To Horace Mann
year, but she is to be second woman : they keep the Visconti. Did I never mention the Bettina, the first dancer? It seems she was kept by a Neapolitan prince, who is extremely jealous of her coming hither. About a fortnight ago she fell ill, upon which her Neapolitan footman made off immediately. She dances again, but is very weak, and thinks herself poisoned.
Adieu! my dear child ; tell me you are well, easy, and in spirits: kiss the Chutes for me, and believe me, &c.
77. To HOEACE MANN.
London, May 13, 1742.
As I am obliged to put my letter into the secretary's office by nine o'clock, and it now don't want a quarter of it, I can say but three words, and must defer till next post answering your long letter by the courier. I am this moment come from the House, where we have had the first part of the Eeport from the Secret Committee. It is pretty long: but, unfortunately for them, there is not once to be found in it the name of the Earl of Orford : there is a good deal about Mr. Paxton and the borough of Wen-dover; and it appears that in eleven years Mr. Paxton has received ninety-four thousand pounds unaccounted for: now, if Lady Kichcourt can make anything of all this, you have freely my leave to communicate it to her. Pursuant to this Eeport, and Mr. Paxton's contumacy, they moved for leave to bring in a bill to indemnify all persons who should accuse themselves of any crime, provided they do but accuse Lord Orford, and they have carried it by 251 to 228 ! but it is so absurd a bill, that there is not the least likelihood of its passing the Lords1. By this bill, whoever is guilty of murder, treason, forgery, &c., have
LETTER 77.—1 The bill was lost in the House of Lords by a large ma-
jority, in spite of the efforts of Chesterfield and Bathnrst.